BalkanFest 2022

Join us—in person—for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties. Registration is now open!

August 5, 2022
Village Community School SkyYard
272 W. 10th St.
New York, NY 10014

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102

September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
99 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129

Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps, which we’re revving up again after the long pandemic drought. Please visit the pages below to whet your appetite for the 2023 workshops!

June 17-24, 2023
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August 5-12, 2023
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The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.


The East European Folklife Center (EEFC) was established in 1982 through the love and dedication of a core group of musicians and dancers. Today, this ever-growing and expanding organization brings together an inclusive, celebratory, and welcoming global community of passionate amateurs and professionals, to respectfully share the richness and complexity of Balkan music, dance, and cultures.

Find out all about our annual East and West Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshops, affectionately known as Balkan Camp. Learn about the EEFC: how we are structured, how to become a contributor and where you might apply your expertise as a volunteer. Remember to subscribe to the EEFC email Newsletter and get monthly news delivered directly to your inbox.


BalkanFest 2022

We’re giddy with excitement in anticipation of our first in-person events since the 2019 Balkan Camps! As we move towards the summer of 2023 and the reestablishment of our beloved weeklong workshops, we’ve set up two fantastic weekend gatherings to be held in the New York City area in August and San Francisco in September of this year. Our East Coast event is done (and it was fantastic!), but West Coast BalkanFest is open for registration. Check out all the details and sign up here!



Join the Board/Nominate a Friend!

The EEFC Board of Directors is seeking three new Board members to join the Board beginning October 2022. Interested community members may either fill out an application or submit a nomination through August 21, 2022 (deadline extended!). Applications will be processed by the Nominating Committee and then passed on to the Board for their consideration. If you have the time, skill, and desire to give back to the community through Board service, we encourage you to apply! Qualifications and application forms are on the Board webpage, under the red Join the Board tab.



Recenter. Regather. Renew.

Summer is officially here, and we’re ready to celebrate! With both the East and West Coast BalkanFests around the corner, our Board and Staff are working around the clock for … Read More

2022 Workshops – Our Decision To Cancel

Dear EEFC Family, The EEFC Board of Directors is entrusted with making decisions on behalf of the larger EEFC community. Recently, the Board has had to grapple with the difficult … Read More

East Coast Virtual Camp 2021 Teacher Highlights

We’re happy to share an article written by new EEFC community member Kathy Molga, on her impressions of this past summer’s East Coast Virtual Camp. She profiles three of our … Read More

Our Year in Review: 2021

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